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20th annual Silent Witness Ceremony honors 2016 victims of fatal domestic violence in SC

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Photo from the 18th annual Silent Witness Vigil held in Spartanburg (FOX Carolina 10/8/2015) Photo from the 18th annual Silent Witness Vigil held in Spartanburg (FOX Carolina 10/8/2015)
COLUMBIA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The 20th annual Silent Witness Domestic Violence ceremony was held on the steps of the State House on Tuesday. The ceremony honored the victims of fatal domestic violence in South Carolina from 2016. 

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson led the ceremony and called the names of the 34 women and five men that lost their lives due to fatal domestic violence. 

During the ceremony, victims' family and friends carried a silhouette representing the victim to the steps of the State House as a bell was rung for each victim. A 40th silhouette was used during the ceremony to represent potentially unknown victims.

“The effects of domestic violence are felt by families and loved ones for generations. We look forward to the day when this ceremony is no longer necessary,” Wilson said.

The mother of Cati Blauvelt, the woman found killed in Simpsonville in 2016, participated and spoke during the event. Here is a part of Patricia Piver's speech"

"People are just thinking 'oh it'll never happen,' but I mean, it can happen to anybody, not just my daughter," said Piver.  "The violence has got to stop.  Don't think you're in a relationship -- an abusive relationship -- and there's nowhere to go.  I mean, there are ways to get away, to get help, to get safety, and get away from the abusers, and people need to not be afraid to use the resources that are out there."

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